There is one part of the Harlequins club that we all have pride and belief in and is currently flourishing.
The academy section is becoming an integral part of the club as it continues to create and nurture future talent into the first XV team. The club greatly benefits from players that understand the team's values and philosophies, as well as what it means to play for the London club. At a time when the economy struggles and sports teams work hard to gain sponsorship and revenue, it is imperative to make sure we save our money on foreign players and look within the club's home grown talent to produce the goods. Harlequins are doing just that. A big congratulations goes out to all the boys involved in the England set up and also to the boys that are just starting their journey in the London U16 trials.
Five Quins players have been called into England's U20 team to go to a training camp in Portugal in preparation for the 6 Nations in March & April this week:
Rory Clegg and Joe Trayfoot would also be included, however Clegg is preparing for Harlequins' game against Leeds this weekend and Trayfoot is continuing his re-hab from his knee injury.
Rob Buchanan, Will Collier, Sam Stuart and Charlie Matthews are all involved in the forthcoming England U19 fixtures against the touring Australia Schools on Saturday December 19th.
George Merrick, Sam Twomey and Kyle Sinckler are all in the England U18 squad who will play the Australia Schools side in a test match at Sale RFC on Sunday 13th December.
At U16 level, the following Harlequins Academy players have been selected for this Sunday's initial London U16 trial. They have been selected following the rounds of county matches and for the lucky few, could lead to England U16 selection later in the season:
Nick De Brett
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.